The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus.
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The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing.
You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact with people who are unwell.
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The COVID-19 is affecting 209 countries and territories around the world and 2 international conveyances.
Ghana saw its cases skyrocket on Monday, April 6, 2020. As of 11:30 pm, a total of 287 cases of COVID-19 with five (5) deaths have been recorded.
The regional distribution of the cases are as follows: Greater Accra Region has most cases (256) followed by the Ashanti Region (18), Northern Region (10), Upper West Region (1), Eastern Region (1) and Upper East Region (1).
YEN.com.gh presents a wrap of the news on COVID-19 on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
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1. 14 test positive for COVID-19 after mass testing of 7,461 people
Ghana's Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, revealed that recent statistics from Noguchi Institute indicate less community spread of the coronavirus.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, the Minister in presenting the data on COVID-19 infections made a difference between the routine surveillance and the contact tracing figures of persons tested positive of the virus.
2. WHO condemns proposal to have COVID-19 vaccine test done in Africa
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called out French scientists who suggested that the vaccine test for COVID-19 be done in Africa.
The organisation's Director-General Tedros Adhanom termed the proposal "a disgrace and appalling to hear it from scientists in the 21st century".
3. COVID-19: Government directs waakye, kenkey, koko sellers to feed Ghanaians for free
The government has revised the procedure used to distribute free meals to Ghanaians amidst the COVID-19 outbreak in Ghana.
According to a directive from government, food sellers like waakye, koko and kenkey sellers in particular communities are going to be provided with resources to cook and give them out freely to residents in the communities.
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4. COVID-19 fight: Ministry of Health to recruit 2017 nurses
The Ministry of Health has revealed that it would soon start the recruitment process of nurses and midwives who graduated in 2017.
In a tweet sighted by YEN.com.gh, the ministry was calling on all trained diploma and degree nurses and midwives from accredited public and private health training institutions to apply for posting.
According to the release, recruitment will start on Tuesday, April 10, 2020, at 10 am.
5. COVID-19: Kumasi Central Market closed, traders to go ‘double-track’
The Kumasi Metropolitan Security Council (METSEC) has ordered an interim closure of the Kumasi Central Market.
The order which takes effect today, Tuesday, April 7, follows reports that traders have been “blatantly disregarding the WHO’s social distancing protocols in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic“.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the President of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Frank Ankobea, has lauded President Nana Akufo-Addo, for the bold decisions to mitigate the fast-spreading COVID-19 in Ghana.
According to them, the lockdown, closure of our borders and some other things, particularly the incentive package that has given to health workers, is well appreciated.
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